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Opportunistic routing emerged as a novel technique to cope with the problem of highly unpredictable and lossy wireless channels in urban wireless mesh networks. However, existing opportunistic routing protocols only consider single-radio wireless nodes, and assume that all the nodes work on the same channel, without exploiting possible concurrent transmissions by multi-radio nodes over orthogonal channels provided by IEEE 802.11 protocols. Examples show that simply integrating existing channel assignment schemes and the opportunistic routing technique may not achieve satisfactory system performance. In this paper, the authors present WACA, which is a Workload-Aware Channel Assignment algorithm for opportunistic routing in multi-channel, multi-radio wireless mesh networks.
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